Newly minted alumna Amanda McFarland is headed to Boston University as a recipient of full tuition, four year Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship.
McFarland is one of only 12 graduates in the Archdiocese of Boston receiving the highly competitive scholarship. She received her award last night, May 24, during a ceremony at BU with Cardinal Sean O’Malley.
Medeiros Scholars are chosen for their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership skills and contributions to their schools and communities. The scholars were selected by a two-person committee composed of representatives from BU Admissions and the Archdiocese of Boston.
McFarland was the Class of 2017 Valedictorian. During her time at MAHS, she was the secretary of the Student Council, co-founder and committee head of Activists Among Us, and an active member of the Varsity Cheer Team, Yearbook, Ambassador Club, Math Team and Campus Ministry.
She taught fourth grade Religious Education class for two years at St. Agnes Parish. She also volunteered at Cradles to Crayons, Cor Unum, and the Arlington Food Pantry. She completed 221 hours of community service.
Amanda is an AP Scholar with Distinction and has earned Effort Recognition for all 4 Years of high school, the Harvard University Book Award, the Arthur O’Leary Academic Achievement Award and certificates of excellence in AP French, AP Calculus, AP World Literature, AP Physics, 20th Century History, Latin, and Theology.
Amanda will major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
The scholarship is named for Cardinal Medeiros who was born in the Azores and migrated as a child with his family to Fall River, Mass. While serving as Bishop of Brownsville, Texas, his work with migrant workers came to the attention of BU Chancellor and Texas native, John Silber. In 1970, Medeiros was named Archbishop of Boston, then Cardinal, and in 1982, was granted an honorary degree at BU. Shortly after Medeiros’ death in 1983, Silber recommended that the BU Board of Trustees establish a scholarship in Medeiros’ name. Since 1986, the university has expended more than $35 million on scholarships for Archdiocesan students.